Why Buy Our Volume Trees?
- Our volume trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in Scotland which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only)
Large Order Discount
Orders over £1000 may have further discounts added by contacting us or calling 0800 043 1057
Silver Fir Tree (Abies Alba) aka European Silver Fir.
Originally native to Europe, the Silver Fir tree has decided to put down roots in the UK. Expect a final height of around 50m although some have been found at 60m. This might be because the tree measuring guy wasn't holding the edge of the tape properly or it just might be a freak of nature. Trunk diameter will be around 1.5m which is ideal for medium height tree huggers as you can just about give it a firm cuddle.
Growth is a bit slower for the first 5-6 years but can then grow 1m or more per year. Moist valleys in Scotland, East Anglia and SW England show particularly favourable results. Best to plant them in their final position when less than 90cm as older trees will check quite badly (stall growing).
Unlike many other fir trees the Abies Alba or Silver fir tree can be coppiced close to ground level and it will regrow from the stump.
Usually found at over 500m on mountains however the growing range has been noted to be 300-1700m but of course the exception to the rule is one found at 1950 metres in the Pyrenees. Also noted that it seems to grow with Beech or Spruce trees.
Trees that have grown particularly well seem to be found in well drained sandy loams, slightly acidic soil of around PH 5, North facing slope, cool climates and comparatively humid. Hardy to zone 4 it is considered suitable for UK growing. Although it performs very well in sandy loams, it can also be grown in medium loamy and heavy clay soils. Acid and neutral soils will not cause it to throw its teddy out the pram. Can grow in full or semi-shade and has been used to underplant. Stay away from infertile sandy, peat soils and overly windy sites.
The Alba part in the name refers to the wood being white so if you talk to trees and want to know about the welfare of the tree then you can ask "are you all Alba?" This would literally translate to are you all white? (....groan) The wood is generally used for construction (plywood) and paper production. The wood is soft and quick to decay.
Silver Fir oil has soothing qualities and has been and is used in perfumes, turpentine, air fresheners, cough syrup, ship caulking, aerosol inhalants and perfumes. Although originally used as a Christmas tree it was ousted by Norway Spruce due to it being quicker and cheaper to grow. Don't expect to build an industry that is going to make you lots of money in the short terms as the tree generally needs to be over 60 years old to get sufficient quality and quantity.
Abies Alba is sensitive to pollution and therefore a good environment indicator. So don't bother going online to buy a £5000 air quality meter, just buy a few trees from us, plant and wait a decade or three.
The oldest Abies Alba (at the time of writing of course!) is a 411 year old tree found in 1952 in Bayerischer, Germany. Countries it is considered native to are Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania,Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
The inner bark is considered edible. Dry it out, grind into a powder and use as a thickening agent.
For those looking for odd facts and figures, the dried weight of Abies Alba or Silver Fir is 415 kg per metre cubed, generally easy to work with, glues stains and finishes well and parts of the cone are food for the Tortrix moth.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Abies AlbaIn the soil a week and so far well behaved and avoiding the long eared monster. Cheers 0316 (We assume long eared monsters are rabbits!)
Returning Cell Grown Trees
For Phytosanitary reasons, some cell grown trees cannot be returned to the nursery. A list of plants affected is shown here or download the list here
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
This is a task that can easily be over done. Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
If you are one of those lucky people that lead an eco lifestyle (VERY jealous if you are) and want to buy trees to burn, then maybe our wood burning chart (excel spread sheet) will help you decide. Ash, Eucalyptus Gunnii and Willow are worth looking at for their growth rates and calorific values.
If you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
Adding A Bit Of Colour And Attract Wildlife
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is very attractive, fragrant and attracts more wildlife to your garden. A bit on the vigorous side but worth the effort. A great addition to your project.
Broadleaf wood planting would be around 3m between each tree. Christmas tree planting for a commercial crop is around 1m.
Factors Detrimental To Cell Grown Trees
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
UK Grown Volume Trees
All our volume trees are UK grown and as far as we know because we have never caught one booking a holiday overseas.